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Movers + Shakers: Collette adds Karen Deveson as MD of Australian market

The longest-running tour operator in North America, Collette has announced the appointment of Karen Deveson to the role of Managing Director of its Australian office.

The longest-running tour operator in North America, Collette has announced the appointment of Karen Deveson to the role of Managing Director of its Australian office.

Deveson brings a wealth of experience to Collette, acquired through roles at companies including Helloworld Travel and Insight Vacations.

Set to officially join the company on 8 January 2024, Deveson will oversee various departments in the Australian market and collaborate closely with the U.S. leadership team to drive continued growth. 

With her extensive professional background, the American firm says Deveson brings a track record of strategic planning, innovation and operational excellence to the role. 

“We are thrilled to have Karen join the Collette team in our thriving Australia market,” said Executive Vice President of Global Sales Christian Leibl-Cote. 

“She brings her integrity and expertise; and understands the importance of driving innovation along with Collette’s vision and values.

“Karen’s strong business management skills and incredible enthusiasm will benefit and strengthen the Collette team.”

New CEO and more

Earlier this month, outgoing CEO Dan Sullivan announced that Jaclyn Leibl-Cote would become only the fourth CEO in the company’s 106-year history, the third generation of the Sullivan family to hold the role and the first female leader of the company.

“Jaclyn has served as President and Chief Customer Experience Officer since 2018, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the organisation,” Sullivan said.

“She successfully steered the company through a global pandemic, with Collette emerging stronger and more innovative than ever before.”

Last month, Collette hosted 15 events in six states across Australia, as it marked its 106th season.

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